Morgan Gary's capstone project for her MBA in Sustainable Business evolved into Spin Laundry Lounge, turning her vision of a community-oriented, sustainably focused laundromat into a reality.
Mary Bradbury Jones, dean of the School of Business, talked about the reasons behind the popularity of Marylhurst's MBA program in the February 2014 issue of Oregon Business magazine.
Excerpt from a Q&A with Brandon Sawyer in Oregon Business, February 2014.
Oregon Business: How has your relatively small private college come to have the highest MBA enrollment in the state?
Mary Bradbury Jones: The MBA at Marylhurst has been around over 20 years. It's another example of how forward-thinking and progressive the Sisters of the Holy Names were, who founded Marylhurst University and saw back then that there was a need to have this type of degree long before there was the popularity of them.
Over the years, we've had very thoughtful chairs over the MBA program really wanting to make sure it was applicable and valuable for the students. There's always been the main focus on "How do we apply this? What does this look like in the real world? What does this taste like? What does this feel like?"
You're never going to have a situation in the workplace where your boss walks in and says, "I think we have a morale problem. Can you give me a motivational theory?" The boss is going to walk into your office and say, "I think we have a morale problem. What are we going to do?" So folks really can take that content and apply it in all the various situations, the different industries.
It's a university grounded in service, ethics and leadership.
Mary Bradbury Jones became dean of Marylhurst's School of Business in 2011, overseeing on-campus and online MBA programs, as well as undergraduate programs in business and real estate. Since 2006 she has directed the university's accelerated online degree programs.